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Welcome to the Northern Chamber Orchestra

“Musically, it's exceptional… the Northern Chamber Orchestra play with terrific dexterity and panache for conductor Stephen Barlow.

Buxton Festival 2012 / The Guardian


The Northern Chamber Orchestra was formed in the 1960s and has gained a formidable reputation from its engaging and exciting concerts, tackling a wide range of repertoire from Corelli through to Stravinsky and present day composers.  The NCO is internationally renowned from its recordings, of which there are over forty.  The members of the orchestra are distinguished chamber musicians who play as principals with other orchestras and regularly appear as soloists. The Northern Chamber Orchestra is proud to be 'Orchestra in Residence' at Manchester Metropolitan University and Blackburn Cathedral and for its long association with Buxton Festival.

"Under the leadership of Nicholas Ward … the NCO is now one of the best chamber orchestras in Britain… The vitality of the playing, with a lively ensemble, is a great tribute to the corporate talents of the players…"

Festival fun this summer

See the NCO at Buxton Festival and the Just So Festival

NCO's 2014 - 2015 Macclesfield Concert Season: full details will be announced here, early July!

Lots of exciting engagements coming up across the country!

Buxton Festival: 11 - 27 July

Just So Festival: 15 - 17 August



Featuring fabulous, international soloists: pianists, Stephen Hough and Ian Fountain, violinist Jennifer Pike, cellist Raphael Wallfisch, soprano Elizabeth Watts and oboist, Nicholas Daniel.




See us this summer at:

Blackburn - 5 July

Buxton Festival - 11 - 27 July

Carlisle - 12 July

Cheshire - 17 August


Just So: Family Arts Festival

Take your family on a journey of the imagination in a magical weekend of creative adventures at Rhode Hall Parkland in Cheshire.

NCO will be performing Stanley's Stick - a charming, hands-on musical experience  for young children!

Save the Dates!

11 October 2014 / 1 November / 

6 December

17 January 2015 / 7 February / 7 March

18 April / 9 May

NCO is the 'Orchestra in Residence' at Buxton Festival 2014 - accompanying the Festival's main opera productions. 

This year, NCO will be playing for Dvorak's Jacobin, Gluck's Orfeo, Rossini's Otello and an Opera Gala evening, as well as giving two concerts.


See individual festival websites for NCO concert times and booking details



Macclesfield Heritage Centre

Concerts start 7.30pm

9.40pm approx end time


Concert times vary for each venue.




For more information click here 


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